Jacksonville Jaguars Rookie Justin Blackmon Pleads Guilty to Aggravated DUI :: Whittel & Melton
July 27, 2012
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon let his lawyer enter a guilty plea to aggravated DUI on his behalf Tuesday in Oklahoma. He was not in attendance.
As part of the plea agreement, Blackmon will serve no jail time as he completes 50 hours of community service and pays a $500 fine. Blackmon’s case will not go on to trial.
On June 3, Blackmon was arrested for aggravated DUI after allegedly blowing a 0.24 and 0.26 on breathalyzer tests conducted by police.
Blackmon was arrested after he was selected by the Jaguars in the first round of April’s NFL Draft.
As a result of the guilty plea, Blackmon will likely enter the NFL’s substance abuse program and be subject to counseling, random drug testing and suspensions for any additional incidents.
Under Florida law, a DUI may be charged as a misdemeanor or it may be charged as a felony. There must be aggravating factors for a DUI to be charged as a felony. Basically this means that the circumstances surrounding a DUI arrest add up to being worse than a typical misdemeanor DUI.
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- Receiving multiple DUI violations
- Blowing a .15 or higher on breathalyzer tests
- Having a minor in the vehicle with you at the time of your arrest
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- DUI manslaughter
- DUI involving serious bodily injuries
- DUI involving property damage
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